Animal REIKI for REIKI Practitioners Plus Essential Oils for Pets

When: Saturday, September 14, 2019 9am to 5pm

Where: Grass Valley, California,

Cost: $99


Have you been wanting to learn about Animal Reiki and how it can help your pets? If you are a Reiki practitioner, you already know about the benefits of Reiki energy. This class will show you how to use that energy to enhance your pet’s life, and help heal emotional, behavioral, and physical illnesses and injuries in animals. We will also spend some time discussing the use of essential oils with pets.

Reiki is ideal for use with animals because it is gentle and noninvasive. It doesn’t cause stress, discomfort, or pain, and yet yields powerful results. Animals respond intuitively to Reiki‘s power to heal emotional, behavioral, and physical illnesses and injuries. For animals who are healthy, Reiki helps to maintain their health, enhances relaxation and provides an emotional sense of peace and contentment.

For animals who are ill, Reiki is a wonderful healing method as well as a safe complement to Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, homeopathy, flower essences, and all other forms of healing. For example, Reiki can reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, support an acupuncture or acupressure treatment, and enhance the effects of all modalities.

For animals with behavioral issues especially fear based aggression or anxiety Reiki is a powerful tool to help them relax and stop the cycle of panic or anxiety. For animals in transition, Reiki is a powerful yet gentle way to provide comfort, relief from pain, fear, and anxiety, and to ease the transition.

Plus Essential Oils for Pets

Essential oils have many benefits for us, but did you know your pets can benefit too? Of course we need to be careful about which oils we use and how we apply them. We will spend time reviewing which oils are appropriate for your dogs or cats and horses, how to present the oils to them and which are the best methods of application. Of course if your pet has a problem you should check with your veterinarian before you begin any type of alternate care, which also applies to essential oils.

At the end of this workshop, you will receive your Animal Reiki Practitioner Certificate and have your Animal Reiki Practitioner Manual


Compassion Fatigue is huge in the veterinary and animal welfare communities. 

Signs can be depression, anger, anxiety, sadness, and more. But there are things you can do to deal with the stresses of an open heart.


I worked at an animal shelter for 5 years. It was the hardest job I ever had. Every day–another heartbreaking story.

A man turned in his sister’s dogs, saying she went into a home. She called a few days later after she learned her dogs were taken to the shelter. She was lucky, her dogs were still there. A man and woman pulled up to the shelter with a small trailer and said they had 33 cats to drop off. By 11pm, animal control had pulled out about 130 cats from that trailer. The woman had slept inside on the urine-soaked mattress. A breeder had her 20 dogs confiscated because they were in such poor condition—ill, heartworm infested, flea infested and completely unsocialized.  Animals were turned in because they were old and the family wanted a puppy or kitten, or the family was moving, and so on.

The stories, of course, go on and on. The point is that these stories are continuous and people who work there deal with the stories and the animals every single day. This wears on staff at shelters, sanctuaries, and veterinary clinics. They are passionate about their work, but there’s just so much help they can offer. And the heartbreak that they experience becomes what is known as Compassion Fatigue.

Compassion fatigue is a huge problem in the veterinary community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the first study to ever examine veterinarian mortality rates in America. The results were grim: the suicide rate among veterinarians is between 2 to 3.5 times higher than the national average.

The animal welfare community (sanctuaries, rescue groups, shelters) represent another area of concern. The stress of animal work can affect morale and how they view their job.

Psychotherapist J. Eric Gentry tells the Sacramento Bee:

“Animal care professionals are some of the most pain-saturated people I have ever worked with. The very thing that makes them great at their work, their empathy and dedication and love for animals, makes them vulnerable.”

Signs of compassion fatigue can include:

  • Depression
  • Sudden outbursts of anger
  • Feeling cynical or numb to what’s happening around you
  • Feeling isolated from family and friends
  • Exhaustion
  • Difficulty sleeping just to name a few.

There are things that can help though. Dr. James Fogarty, an expert in critical incident stress management and trauma debriefing, states you must do 4 things:

  1. Talk about your experiences in enough detail to connect emotionally with them again.
  2. Acknowledge and safely express your feelings to someone you trust.  Find a colleague you trust and use the 5-Minute Sharing to debrief (five-minute vent to take the lid off, cool it down—read Petfinder “what to do about compassion fatigue).
  3. Brainstorm and find solutions that let you take action
  4. Take care of yourself. Breathe

Learning mindfulness is proving extremely useful for people who suffer from compassion fatigue. Mindfulness increases empathy and serenity among animal care givers. Mindfulness emphasizes staying in the present moment, being non-judgmental, and striving toward an attitude of acceptance. Meditation is the method of creating this.

Research abounds on the benefits of mindfulness with:

  • Improvement in depression, anxiety and coping skills
  • Significant decrease in stress.
  • Improved self-compassion, serenity and empathy


I highly recommend JOURNALING POWER: How to Create the Happy, Healthy Life You Want to Live  by Mari McCarthy. Mari proves that building a regular journaling practice leads to tangible rewards in all aspects of your life. Her books offer you prompts to help you discover yourself. Release stress, emotional build-up and baggage that holds you back. Overcome challenges, changes and hardships. Heal wounds, relationships and illnesses. And get insight into what you want and who you are.

Spending time in nature: 

Forest bathing is spending time in the forest exploring. Nope, you don’t jump in the stream.  It refers to bathing your senses in all there is to explore in the forest–what you see, hear, smell, touch, taste. The trees emit a substance (essential oil) called phytoncide that are produced  by trees to protect them from insects and germs. These oils are also hugely helpful to our bodies and even help increase our ‘killer cells’ that fight off cancer. There’s a lot of mindfulness in forest bathing too. Read my post “Heal in the Splendor of Nature.”

Come join me to learn how to rediscover the joy and passion you once had!

Compassion Fatigue Workshop.

I offer a 2-hour workshop that gives you the tools you need for dealing with this syndrome.  You’ll learn and practice mindfulness techniques and writing therapy. in your office or via Zoom.  Contact me to learn more or to create a longer program. 


Animal Reiki Level 1 Practitioner Training

Reiki Level 1
When: March 23 & 24
Time: 10am to 3pm
Where: Grass Valley, CA
Cost: $129 ― limited to 4 students

 An Introduction to Reiki and Animal Reiki (Learn More)

Become a Reiki 1 practitioner and also learn how to share Reiki with animals. This one-day class will teach you:

  • The System of Reiki–an introduction and meaning and history
  • The five Elements of the System of Reiki
  • The Five Precepts
  • Japanese techniques and meditations
  • Healing treatments for people and animals.

This class is for people who want to deepen their relationships with animals and learn ways to heal the animals and people in their lives. Most Reiki I classes focus on Reiki for people, but this class is unique in its emphasis on Reiki for both people and animals. 

Day One you’ll learn about Reiki and practice offering and receiving Reiki energy on your classmates.

Day Two we’ll learn about offering Reiki to animals and practice on dogs, cats, a horse and a donkey.

 What you’ll learn:

  • The traditional Japanese system of Reiki, its history, and how it relates to the healing of self and others
  • Uses of Reiki for personal development and client healing of mind, body and spirit
  • The body’s energy systems, including the Japanese concept of the Three Diamonds
  • The Five Reiki Precepts and Gassho meditation
  • Best ethics for approaching animals with Reiki sessions
  • How to offer Reiki treatments to animals and people.
  • Techniques for grounding, expansion and connection to help you become an animal magnet to even the most sensitive animals!
  • A philosophy of being Reiki with your animals, rather than doing Reiki to them

Students practice Reiki treatments on other students and animals.

What you’ll receive:

  • A life-changing weekend with other animal people!
  • An extensive and in-depth professional manual to guide your journey
  • A beautiful certificate to show your professional training as a Level 1 Reiki Practitioner
  • Handouts
  • Continuing email and phone support
The following information is shared from the SHELTER ANIMAL REIKI ASSOCIATION (SARA)
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What Does a Reiki Practitioner Do?

Reiki practitioners use intention, focus and meditation to build a sort of energetic “healing bridge.” The bridge is built upon the foundation of the practitioner’s dedication to his or her Reiki personal practice, energetic experience and purity of intention. The bridge itself consists of the energetic harmony and balance that is the essence of Reiki. When animals are stressed, sick, or injured, you could say that energetically, they are “imbalanced.” By offering an energetic connection and bridge of “balance,” the practitioner is offering the animal a support system that the animal can use to relax, self-heal, and “rebalance.”

What Does a Reiki Practitioner NOT Do?

Reiki sessions are given for the purpose of stress reduction and relaxation to promote healing. Reiki is not a substitute for medical diagnosis and treatment. Reiki practitioners do not diagnose conditions nor do they prescribe, perform medical treatment, nor interfere with the treatment of a licensed medical professional. Reiki practitioners do not manipulate energy or control treatments: animals are the leaders in the process, taking only the amount of energy they wish to receive.

Reiki Can:

  • Maintain health and well-being on the physical, mental and emotional levels
  • Induce deep relaxation and stress-relief
  • Accelerate healing in sick or injured animals, or animals recovering from surgery
  • Help reduce pain and inflammation
  • Help reduce behavior problems and aggression
  • Help abused animals heal from past mental/physical trauma
  • Complement conventional and alternative therapies
  • Lessen the side-effects of other medical treatments
  • Support the dying process

Why Reiki is an Ideal Holistic Therapy for Animals?

  • It is gentle, noninvasive, painless, and stress-free.
  • It goes to the issues that need it most, even when unknown to the practitioner.
  • It can be given hands-on or from a distance and adapted to any problem an animal may face.
  • It can do no harm to either recipient or practitioner.
  • Animals can control their participation in the treatment, thus becoming leaders in their own process of healing.

What Creates A Successful Reiki Treatment?

A successful animal Reiki treatment requires just 2 things: the intention of the practitioner to be an open channel for the energy, and the acceptance the animal gives to this energy.

Is Reiki for Animals a “Hands-on” Healing System?

Although a human Reiki treatment usually consists of a series of hand positions lightly placed upon different parts of the body, an animal Reiki treatment is approached very differently. When doing Reiki on an animal, it is best to treat from several feet away and allow the animal to come forward to receive hands-on treatment only if he or she is open to it. Many animals will actually place certain body parts into the hands of the practitioner to show where they need healing the most. Other animals will simply lie down several feet away and fall into a deep “Reiki nap.”

Because animal Reiki treatments are not dependent upon physical contact for success, they are ideal for use with shelter animals. Animals who are fearful, skittish, abused, or aggressive are ideal candidates for Reiki from a distance. Practitioners can offer Reiki quite successfully whether physical contact is used or not.

Learn more about my Reiki training HERE.